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…but not having much success, at least not at staying focused. There is too much that has me concerned. I woke at 5:00 and spent about an hour doing Journey Work for the earthquake in Japan. Surgeries. Healing requests. It feels like there is a tension in the vernal energies as life around me throws and thrusts in various ways. The earth heave-ho’s, waves ripple, crush and rush. Tsunami warnings. I want to write but it’s a traffic jam in my head and everybody wants to get out at once.

Instead, here is a whole buncha photos from the last two weeks, including Om #6 exercise, Ben of Light (the new piece for “The happy Ones”) and random shots of work, things, life.

Enjoy my mindless moment.

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In just a bit I’m going to send my OM exercise #6 over to Chati at Ordinary Meditations on Blogspot. Did anyone participate? It was an interesting exercise for me as I tried not to be creative and just observant. The part of me that tries to tweak and play with images, find angles, and otherwise attempt to be a photographer was hard to keep in check. 🙂

Dream: Astral HopeChest

This is what a new moon in Pisces will do to you…

Had this wonderful dream that I was in an old part of downtown LA and I found this little shoppe on the corner of a five way intersection. I was with my dog, Trixie, and we were looking at new places to live. A woman, who owned the property said she didn’t know what to do with it and that I should just have it.

Ecstatic I said I was going to open my own little place for lifencompass in downtown. I was thrilled!

A couple of things occur. My friend A. Julienne comes around the corner with her daughter, and my friend Marie, and she says to me, did you see that little shoppe around the corner? Wouldn’t it be perfect for the new Astral HopeChest?” (former shoppe that she used to own and her and I put together).

I smile and tell her that it was just given to me and we, together, have to do it again!

The words Lucky Mojo (as in the company) are repeated in my head and I see that the store is full of merchandise.


More about the Pisces new moon on the web, or here at Cathy Pagano, the Cosmic Story Newsletter.

When we reach the 12th sign of the Zodiac, we come to the end of our year-long journey.  The lesson:  Take everything you’ve learned, experienced and loved; everything you imagined, hoped for and desired for the future – and let it go! Or as Christ said: sell all your riches and come follow me. This is the quintessence of the cycle – can we die to our plans and even our skills and go through their dissolution so that a new birth can arise (when the Sun goes into Aries).  Like Aphrodite arising in the foamy waves, what we love will survive the death and give rise to the rebirth.

Be well!

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This was inspiring. I’ve been in bed the last week with one outing to have lunch with a friend, to rest and beat this cold. Meditation, books, Netflix instant, the net, and Trixie have been my friends. 🙂

Anyway, while poking around I found this on the Whole Life Times (online). I never realized how much more of a resource the WLT is online.


When Glendale artist Joy Feuer first visited the burned remains of the Cisco Homes warehouse in Pasadena, she looked beyond the charred furniture ruins and saw potential.

“Everyone kept saying, ‘There’s nothing left. It’s all destroyed.’ But I knew that something could come out of it,” she said.

Months later, Feuer’s vision became a reality when she founded ART from the Ashes, a nonprofit organization that creates art from the wreckage of local fires. In November of 2008 their first show featured monolithic statues, spiral wall installations and free-standing art pieces fashioned from fragments of corroded wood, twisted metal and shards of glass.

On the opening day, flutes of champagne were passed as visitors viewed the 90 works of reclaimed art incorporating materials from the previous fire site. More than 500 exhibit visitors raised $12,000 in donations for Cisco Homes and the charity group Making Education the Answer.

Since fires are never scarce in Southern California, ART from the Ashes has held two other shows. Artwork in their October 2009 show incorporated debris from the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens fire, and materials for their more recent June 2010 show came from the ruins of the station fire at the Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale.

“With every site we visit, we always find new and inspiring pieces to make into art,” said Feuer. “That’s the beauty of it. You never know what you’ll find.”

via Whole Life Times Blog » Blog Archive » Up in Flames.

Through 12/18 at ART from the Ashes Pop Up Gallery, 216 South Brand Blvd., Glendale (additional images in the Whole Life Times print issue)

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I’ll write less and just give you the details.

See you there…



Join us for the 1st Ever Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale in Los Angeles on December 11 + 12 from 10am – 5pm at Los Angeles State Historic Park! With over 150 of today’s finest indie-craft talents setting up shop, holiday shoppers are sure to find something for everyone at this FREE TO ATTEND craft, art, design + DIY spectacular!

Grab a web-banner to help promote the Fair!

You can expect to find all sorts of incredible handmade goods at the Fair – everything from jewelry and clothing, ceramics and stationery, bath products and posters, housewares and comics, plush objects and more! Check out our artist line-up to see who’ll be bringing the goods!

We hope you’ll join us by bicycling or taking public transportation to the Fair! The Park is just a quick walk from the Gold Line Metro China Town stop. If driving, you’ll need to either find street-parking in the surrounding neighborhoods or park in the Park’s lot adjacent to the fairgrounds. Please see our FAQ for details, directions + lots more info!

Get to crafting by participating in one of our many special workshops! Visit Silver Lake’s ReForm School to make your own mistletoe and check out Santa Monica’s Urban Craft Center who’ll be leading holiday kitsch workshops inspired by Amy Sedaris’ new book Simple Times!

The fabulous folks from Hands-On 3rd will be out at the Fair leading an All Day Sewing Rebellion, in which you can make your own DIY Shopping Bag! Stop by the Renegade Workshop Station to make your very own holiday ornament!

Music fans can enjoy tunes spun all day long by DJs from LA’s best independent music source – KXLU!! Be sure to commemorate your trip to the Fair by getting your photo-snapped in the free-to-use photobooth provided by Magnolia Photobooth Co.!

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, as well as delicious Wintertime libations!

Don’t forget to visit our Welcome Station, where we’ll feature a free-to-enter raffle (prizes furnished by Chronicle Books, Paper Source + Uppercase) and an extra-special Renegade Holiday photo-op!!

See you there!!

via Holiday Fair Los Angeles « Renegade Craft Fair.

It appears we’re entering the Mercury Storm… Say what? Yes this is the period of “going into retrograde” as the planet appears to slow. It would be a good time to edit and finish transactions, deals, contracts, escrow, etc. We don’t want these in the retrograde period.

Mercury will be Retrograde from December 10 – December 30th, first in Capricorn and then Sagittarius. You won’t believe this but there should be about four paragraphs here… In the middle of my post, WordPress just logged out and I lost everything. Auto-save didn’t take. 😦

So I’ll have to summarize my last 30 minutes and I think Sandra Helton, at Shirley MacLaine site can help me best.

“Mercury goes retrograde Friday in Capricorn until December 19 and continuing to be retrograde until December 30 in Sagittarius.

There is likely to be great shuffling of papers and forms and anything you have needed to take care of over the past few months but have let slide. You have what it takes to get it all in working order and that is what you should be doing.

Many will rethink family traditions and strive to connect to relatives and bring the holiday season full circle to what was or what is meaningful. The very stabilizing Sun sextile Saturn energy puts forth just the right energy for cementing bonds and laying lasting foundations that become a part of your life in the days ahead and well into 2011.”

Link to full Astrological forecast.

Edit and finish contracts, deals, and personally I think we should be mindful of Mercurial influences over the rest of the month as December, our biggest holiday month generally speaking, probably has the more travel, transactions, and communication packed into 30 days then some people have in two-thirds of their year. Keep in mind last weeks notes on taking care of the self, and carry forward with the highlight of any retrograde, this is an inner journey time so do your best to communicate from the core, and travel ahead with the spirit. Transactions should have a meaning for you. Give from the heart. Speak as you would like to be spoken to… I think you get my meaning.

So onto the cards.

Tarot Weekly

Tarot Weekly Dec 6 - 12th

So… I’m going to go with growth through integrative experience this week. Doesn’t mean positive, or negative, could be either or, but the set up doesn’t seem that serious to me with the exception of a possible loss of place, or recognition of a long term process of change that could be making itself visible.

Let me explain the later and then loop back to the beginning. As I pulled the cards this morning a scenario unfolded in my minds eye, indicating a loss of a job. My heart bumped up a beat but I calmed because I recognized that it wasn’t me, but was connected to my life and so I would see or hear about it.

Later this morning I heard the news. It was close in proximity, I was a bit surprised.

What does this have to do with the weekly? Well… I had a hard time with that. I got the personal message with this one and I’m trying to expand it into a broader spectrum so that we can see how it applies to all of us. Seems to me that the message of the young visionary, looking out into the world and making a decision to move forward, unfortunately the decision is framed in the context of loss (9 of swords) and the eventual end of a journey (three of wands, reversed) which is the need for a new direction.

Psyche forms the root of the reading, the underbelly of movement that feels crocodilian in that there is the element of surprise in the news or change. The surface of the water seems calm… “Snap!” goes the mouth of the crocodile who dives back to the depths, and the water appears calm once again.

The observer on the other hand has been given a message and despite the calm waters they have been shown another side to life, death (change) and this becomes the tool we must take to hand. You see Psyche, grows from her experience. She is our mythic transport into our own underbelly and is asking if we realize that we have come to a decision, or that our recent decisions (path at this time) has come to a conclusion or finale.

Up from the inner world comes the gift of insight, sometimes in a sudden flash we find that we can startle ourselves.

Take note of your changes this week, specifically what you may be unconsciously communicating to yourself as this could bleed into a retrograde journey of discovery.

Emergence is the surfacing power or idea, coming out from within.

Well, I believe I’m done for the week there… 🙂

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Seriously, how could I not spotlight this story on a creative Wednesday like today. Although the story inspires me because I see hope, expression, and community through creativity, it also hits my heart rather hard.

Aidan, you’re a little trooper. Don’t you stop drawing, fighting, laughing, and playing! It’s a terrible disease but I know you can do it.

“Thank You” message from Aidan and Family’s blog

The response and support our family has received is simply amazing. Through the donations and sale of Aidan’s art, the family has been able to avoid financial ruin. The family had considered the sale of their home, and Aidan’s father began to look for a 2nd job to offset the impact of the additional medical expense.

However, due to the tremendous outpouring of support we have received; the family has been able to offset current medical and loss wage expense. Given the demand for Aidan’s art and the uncertainty that awaits us on the road to curing Aidan from leukemia, we have elected to continue to offer his art for sale. All of the proceeds generated from the sale will still go to Aidan and his family to prepare for future medical expense. Our family felt it morally important to share that your support has been more than we could have ever anticipated, and we wanted to thank you for everything.

While the donations and financial support have been an amazing blessing, we would like to especially thank everyone for all of the letters and support. Your words have been uplifting and inspiring to the entire family. Your words and support for Aidan have helped us in ways unimaginable. Aidan has been drawing more than ever, and we do our best to share all of your words with him. Your support has been keeping Aidan’s and our family’s spirits up. Again, we sincerely thank you for this.

Thank you,
Aidan and family



After being diagnosed with leukemia, 5-year-old Aidan Reed began selling his monster-themed artwork to help cover his mounting medical bills.

His family set up a blog to document the boy’s accomplishments and an account on the website Etsy to bring the boy’s drawings to a wider audience.

Yahoo’s Shine reports,

Response to his efforts has been exceptional. “Not only is Aidan feeling better, we cannot believe the outpouring of support we are receiving from people,” writes his aunt who manages Aidan’s blog and Etsy store. “The shop had a spectacular turn out and sold over 400 prints in less than 24 hours.”


According to a recent update on Aidan’s blog, “Through the donations and sale of Aidan’s art, the family has been able to avoid financial ruin.”

Supporters can purchase a piece of Aidan’s artwork for $12 on Etsy or make a donation to help him through PayPal.

5-Year-Old Boy With Leukemia Sells Art To Pay For Chemotherapy.


I had to pick up Vampire! Their prints, so as much as I want it to be all mine, you can buy one too!

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This really got my wheels spinning. Been thinking about the Mana concept for the last few weeks. Yesterday, inspired by friend Chati Coronel, I took a blank piece of canvas, nailed it to the wall, and wrote a… statement about life. I wanted to say poem, but it really wasn’t poetic. As part of the journey, a mystical path, allowing oneself to be in a place of discovery, I am happy to run into something like this.

Today I am inspired by roots, dancing plants, and the power of Vegetative Intelligence.

yay big words!

Scott~ Roots. Roots. Roots!

..<<Off to meditate>>..

Thanks Bryan for posting this last week on Facebook.

The Unseen Sea
Simon Christen

I miss San Francisco.


I would really like to have embedded this video because I am not sure that you can view it at facebook without being Chati’s friend…

Facebook | Videos Posted by Chati Coronel: Postcards from Infinity 1.

Painting by Chati Coronel. Film / Meditation by Edber Mamisao.

The wind does not discriminate between the mountain and the sand, between the trees or man. It is still. It is driving. It is our first breath in, our last breath exhaled.

This is beautiful.



I wish I was in Prague to see this.



A Czech artist who was a leading light of the Art Nouveau movement is getting his due at one of Prague’s best-known Art Nouveau landmarks. “The Apotheosis of Love,” which runs at the Municipal House through Sept. 30, is a three-room exhibition of paintings, lithographs and photographs by Alphonse Mucha, sponsored by the Mucha Foundation in honor of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

The Mucha Trust

The exhibition at the Municipal House in Prague.

The biggest crowd-pleaser at the exhibition (Namesti Republiky 5; 420-2-22-0021-01; is a series of portraits featuring stunning women in flowing, embroidered robes, staring out from posters that were as hip and cutting edge at the turn of the century as Lady Gaga is today.

Mucha first made a name for himself in the decorative arts while working in Paris. It was there in 1895 that he drew a poster (on display in the exhibition) of the actress Sarah Bernhardt for her title role in the play “Gismonda,” portraying her as a towering titan in shades of gold and orange.

This romantic style, including the depiction of what became known as the “Mucha woman,” was reproduced in furniture, silverware and advertisements for high-end brands like Moet & Chandon Champagne.

via An Art Nouveau Master Remembered in Prague –

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